Camps Bay Schools recognised that the initial School Shutdown which later turned into the Country Lockdown would be quite tough on some of their learners as the unplanned extended break would place additional financial pressure on their families.
Camps Bay Primary and High School therefore decided to put together food hampers to assist these learners, who were identified by their tutor and class teachers as possibly needing assistance.
The first hampers were issued on the last official day of school and then another hamper was issued to the 60 learners on Lockdown day. This week the school issued each of these families a virtual Checkers voucher of R500 to sustain them to the end of the current lockdown period.
Said Kirsten Mobsby, Head of Service at Camps Bay High School, “Unfortunately delivery of hampers after lockdown to all of learners was proving to be a challenge so we therefore decided to issue the families with the virtual voucher which they can redeem for food at any Shoprite/Checkers store. If lockdown is extended, we will review this and see how we can further support these families. We have been so overwhelmed by the support for this project with many parents and past pupils donating cash and goods to the project. The school had set aside a budget for this, which was then supplemented due to the Lockdown but the additional help from parents and past pupils was much needed.”
Thanks to the following Camps Bay families for their generous donations:
- Krishanlall family (Rieses Food Imports) – 7 cases of Kidney beans, 7 cases of chickpeas, 7 cases of cherry tomatoes, 4 cases of Cheerios cereal, 5 cases of Choc spread, 30 cases of Nature valley and protein bars
- Stoltzman family – rice and soap
- Bloomberg family – rice and oil
- Erni family (Tanya Hoekstra) – assorted foods
- Tayler family – R1 000
- Weiner family – R2 000 and assorted goods
- Anonymous Past Pupil – R1 500
- Mdawini family (Amber Druian) – assorted foods
- Bernal family – Domestos and Jik
- Waddell family (Pearlie Joubert) – fruit
- Koch family (Jacqui Busch) – pasta
- Bysshe family – pasta
- Kemp family – assorted goods
- Warren family – pasta and assorted foods
- Reggio family (Michela Moroni) – assorted goods
- Janna Spiro – sweets
- Pienaar family (Hester Rossouw) – cookies
Said Camps Bay High School Principal, Mr Dave de Korte, “We say that we are a caring school, and now that a real need has arisen, we have done some practical caring. While I may be able to fill my trolley at the shops, we have some pupils who are not sure if they will have food over this time as their home income is from work that is not secure and poorly paid. Being able to offer them food security is incredible.”
Camps Bay Primary School’s Acting Principal, Liesel Visagie added, “This project has been driven by a couple of very hardworking SGB members on the Primary and High School Governing Bodies and we really must extend a big thank you to Cara Kahn and Simone Segall from the High School SGB and Caroline Krishanlall from the Primary School SGB, as well as the high school’s head prefect, Amava Mkuku, who has been a great help to Ms Mobsby and Ms van der Spuy in the co-ordination of this project.”